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AstraSeneca Second Dose

At this time, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) does NOT recommend that vaccines of different types (e.g., mRNA vaccine and viral vector vaccine) be used in the two-dose series, as data on the immune response following mixed vaccine schedules are not yet available. Further information from clinical trials and NACI’s recommendation are anticipated...

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Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine after CPVID-19 infection

Peel Public Health has confirmed with the Ministry of Health Emergency Operations centre that individuals with a previous COVID-19 infection may receive their COVID-19 vaccination at any time after they have recovered as long as they have completed self-isolation and have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. HMC

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Interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines

As per the Ministry of Health’s guidance on the Administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19/COVISHIELD vaccine, individuals who have received one dose of the AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD vaccine, should receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine to complete their vaccination series.  HMC

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Pregnancy added to Highest Risk conditions for COVID-19 vaccine

In response to emerging data on the increased risk of severe illness for pregnant individuals, Ontario’s Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group (VCAG) has recommended the inclusion of pregnant individuals in the Highest Risk category of health conditions.  As part of this group, pregnant individuals and one primary caregiver are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines...

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Age eligibility for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine expanded to 40+

The province of Ontario has announced that starting Tuesday, April 20, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to individuals aged 40 and over at pharmacies across the province. Eligible individuals can book an appointment at participating pharmacies by accessing: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations   Based on the review of data from Europe and the United Kingdom, Health Canada...

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Peel residents aged 50 and over in select hot spot postal codes now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Peel residents 50 years of age and older, living in hotspot postal codes, are now eligible to book vaccine appointments at Peel Public Health and hospital clinics.  In Peel, the list of hotspot postal codes includes: L4T, L4W, L4X, L4Z, L5A, L5B, L5R, L5C, L5K, L5L, L5M, L5N, L5V, L5W, L6P, L6R, L6S, L6T, L7C,...

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COVID-19 Vaccination of the Senior 65+ Population

Peel residents aged 65-69 are now eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at hospital clinics. Appointments for the 65-69 age group will also be expanded to Peel Public Health community clinic sites in the coming days. In alignment with the Ministry’s Guidance for Prioritization of Phase 2 Populations for COVID-19 Vaccination, individuals with the following conditions, along...

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COVID-19 Vaccination of the Senior 75+ Population 

• As of March 22nd, Peel residents aged 75 and older (including those who will turn 75 in 2021) are eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19. These residents are currently being invited to book appointments at Peel Public Health clinics as well as hospital clinic sites. To access appointment booking for any of these sites, eligible...

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Important Safety Information on AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and COVISHIELD: Risk of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia  – AstraZeneca Canada Inc. and Verity Pharmaceuticals Inc.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and COVISHIELD were authorized for use in Canada on February 26, 2021, in accordance with the Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19. Since the time of authorization, there have been very rare reports in Europe of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following administration...

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Vaccination of the Senior 80+ Population

Peel residents 80 years of age and older (including those born in 1941 or earlier) are eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19. These residents are currently being invited to book appointments at hospital clinic sites. Brampton– WilliamOslerHealthSystem vaccine clinic: Book appointments online at https://www.williamoslerhs.ca/patients-and-families/preparing-for-your-visit-or-stay/coronavirus-information-for-patients-families/covid-19-vaccine/ Mississauga– TrilliumHealthPartners vaccine clinic: Pre-register for appointments at https://op.trilliumhealthpartners.ca/vaccinationreg/ Appointments will...

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Extension of Second Dose Intervals for COVID- 19 Vaccines

Ontario government is extending the vaccination dose interval up to 16 weeks for the three two-dose vaccines currently approved by Health Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD). This is based on the recommendation of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Individuals who have already booked their second dose will have their appointments rescheduled. This will...

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Astra Zeneca and blood clot risk in Europe

Health Canada has issued the following advisory statement “ Health Canada is aware of reports of adverse events in Europe following immunization with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and would like to reassure Canadians that the benefits of the vaccine continue to outweigh its risks. Health Canada authorized the vaccine based on a thorough, independent review...

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Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine

On March 5, 2021, Health Canada authorized the use of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine. This vaccine is an adenovirus vector vaccine administered through a single dose. More information about the Janssen vaccine including how it works, how it’s given and possible side effects is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/health- canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19- industry/drugs-vaccines- treatments/vaccines/janssen.html HMC

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Astra Zeneca/COVISHEILD COVID-19 Vaccine

On February 26, 2021, Health Canada authorized the use of the Astra Zeneca/COVISHELD vaccine. This vaccine is an adenovirus vector vaccine and is administered through two doses. More information about the AstraZeneca vaccine including how it works, how it’s given and possible side effects is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/health- canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19- industry/drugs-vaccines- treatments/vaccines/astrazeneca.html HMC